Brewed by Samlesbury (AB InBev UK)
Style: Barley Wine
Preston, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Bottle & Can: Pasteurised.
Repackaged in 180 ml bottle.
Has appeared at various strengths, as high as 10.9% ABV. Currently 7.5% in the UK.
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Originally Whitbread Gold Label. By 2000 the brand was in the ownershop of InBev and produced at the Boddingtons Strangeways brewery. Production was moved to Wellpark in 2004 due to the impending closure of Boddingtons brewery. Subsequently moved to Samlesbury when Wellpark was sold to C&C Group in 2009.

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FatPhil (17742) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 26, 2018
275ml-ish can (Arena, Letchworth) (5:4:5:4:10=2.8)
Heady aroma, some fusel aspects, but malty. Rich gold, tight head. Full palate, smooth, heady vapours. Sure, some fusels there too, and a sweet bready maltiness. Finish almost a little metallic with the bitterness. Pretty sophisticated tramp brew, we need this in Eastern Europe. Not as mellow as it was back in the 1980s, this used to be my regular boost when I was a teenager. Should rerate, as this is from (almost eidetic) memory from ~2007.

zvsn (2498) - ISRAEL - SEP 21, 2017
Can sample at a tasting. Thanks Tom. Clear copper amber color. Smell of candy, alcohol, honey. Very sweet, sugary, alcoholic, more like a malt liqueur rather than a barley wine. Medium-bodied, syrupy and sticky mouthfeel.

tomer (3978) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - SEP 19, 2017
At a tasting, thanks, stable bubbly head, clear dark copper color, aroma of honey, candy and some nuttiness, malty candy bready flavor, sweet and bland. Avoidable.

rayaron (2187) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - SEP 18, 2017
Can sample at a tasting at zvsn's place. Thanks Tom. Clear golden with white head. Both the aroma and the flavor have notes of alcohol, grains and herbs, sweat. Medium-bodied.

gripweed57 (3108) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2017
From old tasting notes. Labeled as Whitbread's Gold Label Barleywine. Brewed by Whitbread and Co., PLC in London, England. Clear Amber orange color. Big rocky tan head. Rich, malty aroma, reminiscent of Scotch whiskey. Thick, sticky mouth coating feel. Sweetish malt flavor upfront that turns salty and bitter. Almost buttery. Strong from the word go! Warming alcohol notes. Interesting.

Swaroga (2224) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 23, 2017
Light brown with small head. The aroma has caramel, maple syrup, toasted bread, peach and banana esters and some alcohol. Watery with delicate carbonation. Flavour is hiding well alcohol. Has several layers like sweet honey (overall moderately sweet), toasted bread delicate bitterness and finish has a long and annoying metal taste. Really bad metal. It’s a pity since this isn’t a totally bad beer. Although it has very little to do with nowadays Barley Wines.

Sjohnh (1033) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2016
Why did I try this? It was there. Almost a barley wine - it has the red apple / pear nose and some of the taste. But too harsh and metal!if.

redders1974 (1764) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2016 Halfway to an english strong ale with more lager malts golden with frothy head that leaves some lacing

The_Osprey (10000) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2015
330ml can from Roman Food and Wine, Bow, London. As ’Gold Label Very Strong Special Beer’, 7.5% BB Aug 2015. Dark orange, sparkling, clear, small foamy white head. Aroma is McDonald’s apple pie, icing sugar, sugary malt syrup. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is imperial lager, booze, cracker malts, peppery spice and some metallic tang. It grew on me. Somewhere between a strong lager and a barley wine.

Garrold (6035) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Can. Handsworth Social Club, Sheffield. Whilst attending the Handsworth and Richmond Allotment Society AGM. And I’m struggling to decide which of the two is the most hard work to get through...

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